Temblad: The Murderous Fifth

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Temblad: The Murderous Fifth
Death Metal, Grindcore, Thrash Metal
Self-release
November 26th, 2012
Release length: 3:18
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Last year, the San Diago, California act Temblad issued their self-released debut EP titled Mockery of the Fanatics. It was a surprising little gem that mixed Death Metal, Grindcore, and Thrash Metal quite well, though largely slipped under the radar for many. A little more than a year later, the group has finally resurfaced with a brand new single. Titled “The Murderous Fifth,” one can only hope it’s as solid an offering as the four songs that make up their debut. But, is it worth grabbing, or is it a little more than three minutes that simply are not worth your time?

The audio quality sounds great. The guitars have a nice heavy distortion that is a little more subtle, and a strong bass presence that is pretty loud overall. The drums feature crisp cymbals and tight snares with a solid, deep click to the bass kick, all leveled together properly. Of course, the vocals shift between a harsher rhasp and deeper gutterals, all coming through just a little louder than the music, though the shouting can be greatly drowned out. Considering that the music becomes a bit chaotic, this is all a good thing.

“The Murderous Fifth” blends together some catchy, groovey Death Metal riffs with a Grindcore influence through much of the track. This is exactly how the song starts off, though doesn’t take long to offer some intricately executed blast beats in some areas that also bring about distant shouting that seems a bit drowned out. The charging pace of the song never seems to let up, only increasing around the time of the guitar solo before picking up speed to close the track out on a more aggressive note that makes you wish the band had done a little more with it instead of just cutting out quickly.

In the end, “The Murderous Fifth” is a pretty commanding performance, and for a single it’s well worth picking up from their Bandcamp page, especially given it’s “Name Your Price” incentive. There’s nothing all that spectacular about it, but there’s no denying the constant aggression the band shows off will grab you by the throat, tightening its grip slowly until it suddenly lets you go, as if out of pity. Sadly, like a BDSM slave, you’ll want more punishment and end up coming back often. Hopefully this song is a sign of an impending full-length that is, or at least may be in some stage of development. If you enjoyed their previous EP, or this is the first time you’ve heard about this group, it’s well worth checking out.

01. The Murderous Fifth – 3:18 Initial Pressing Score: 8.5/10

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Digital review copy of this release provided by Temblad.